USA, 2016 (MIFF 2017, Animation)

Director: Dash Shaw


A lo-fi animated parable about keeping your head above water, dreamt up by graphic novelist Dash Shaw and voiced by Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham and Susan Sarandon.

First you're drowning in homework and friendship drama. Then your high school literally sinks into the sea!Self-obsessed nerd Dash and his best friend Asaaf had enough problems filling the school paper before their editor, Verti, threatens to get between them. Their friendship teeters on the edge of a cliff, as does Tides High. When their school inevitably crumbles, the trio – as well as popular girl Mary and no-nonsense lunch lady Lorraine – must survive.

Drily funny, slyly poignant and visually bewitching in pastel and pen, Shaw's film debut is part-classic disaster story, part-Adult Swim oddity and all original.

'By far the most original animated movie of the year, or any other in recent memory.' – IndieWire

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